Bitcoin evangelist calls to boycott Edward Snowden’s book
Bitcoin evangelist Samson Mow refuses to overcome his hatred for American whistleblower Edward Snowden
The Blockstream CTO “evidently” asked its social media followers to boycott Snowden’s new book, titled “Permanent Records,” recalling the love of the former CIA employee for Bitcoin rival Zcash (ZEC). Mow said Snowden recommended buying ZEC for people seeking financial privacy when a cryptocurrency technical error later uncovered users’ private transactions.
Mow was referring to a research paper published by four academics in May 2018. The study showed that a specific type of Zcash transactions exposes the so-called user privacy. In hindsight, Zcash offers two types of addresses: “t addresses”, which are transparent, which means that their balances are visible in a public blockchain, and “z addresses”, which are invisible to viewers.
Investigators George Kappos, Haaroon Yousaf, Mary Maller and Sarah Meiklejohn discovered that transactions between the same type of addresses did not create problems. But the scenario changed when users made transactions between different types of wallets. Viewers were able to look behind the z addresses that revealed user participation in transactions.
Snowden, who became the standard bearer of user privacy rights and freedom of expression after leaking highly classified information from the National Security Agency (NSA), favored Zcash. In his tweet issued at the end of 2017, the computer security expert had called the cryptocurrency “the most interesting alternative to Bitcoin,” a thought that did not fit well with Mow, an unconditional bitcoin evangelist.
Commenting on Mow’s criticisms of Snowden, Mati Greenspan of eToro said that a simple Zcash backup should not become the reason for boycotting a book. The senior financial analyst wrote in a series of tweets:
“Snowden is a hero. Samson Mow calls to boycott his book because a carelessness in his support for Zcash is simply ridiculous. The book is not about the technicalities of cryptography. “
Meanwhile, Warren Togami, Mow’s colleague in Blockstream, favored the evangelist, stating that Snowden promoted Zcash even though the cryptocurrency had a mistake for years. People, he added, who had downloaded the original trust configuration transcript could commit undetectable inflation. They effectively stole money from all Zcash users.
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A respondent then met Mow to ask him why he received hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of a cryptocurrency exchange backed by Ethereum, even after calling Ethereum a scam.
“Samson Mow is the guy who tells everyone that Ethereum is a scam but buys ETH ICO,” wrote the Twitterati.
Mow did not answer.
In the information systems what is written can remain forever, the words are recorded, then someone discovers and publishes them, the truth and the lie are very close and a thin line separates them, the blockchain-bitcoin technology has the possibility of remaining unchanged after being sent to the nodes, errors are not perceived until they are discovered. It is expected by new announcements.
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